1st Edition

China and the Pursuit of Harmony in World Politics
Understanding Chinese International Relations Theory

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ISBN 9781032194660
December 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
104 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Focusing on the role of harmony in Chinese international relations (IR) theory, this book seeks to illuminate Chinese understandings of world politics and foreign policy.

Taking a decolonial approach and rooted in China's cultural and epistemic terms, the title first describes three traditions of the concept of harmony in ancient Chinese thought and then analyses three strands of contemporary Chinese IR theory that draw upon this traditional thinking. Despite their similarities in advocating a radical deepening of China?s relations with other countries and intense interdependence as essential for global peace and prosperity, these Chinese IR theories understand the concept of harmony in different ways and present different recommendations for achieving harmonious relations. Based on this framework of harmonious IR, Chinese social scientists also argue for new directions in Chinese foreign policy in a manner that is complementary with China?s policymaking system. In the case-study section, the authors apply harmonious IR perspectives to the Belt and Road Initiative and demonstrate how a better understanding of Chinese IR theories can shed light on motivations behind Chinese foreign policy.

This work will be a valuable reference for scholars, students, policymakers, and general readers interested in Chinese politics, Chinese foreign policy, Chinese IR theory, and ancient Chinese philosophy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Culture, Theory, and Methods 3. Harmony in Traditional Chinese Thought 4. Approaches to Harmony in Chinese IR Theory 5. Using the Past for the Present 6. Applying Chinese IR Theory to Foreign Policy Practice: Harmony in the Belt and Road Initiative 7. Conclusion

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Adam Grydehøj is Chair Professor at South China University of Technology's Research Center for Indian Ocean Island Countries. His research concerns the intersection of culture, economy, politics, and space in island regions. He is Editor-in-Chief of Island Studies Journal.

Ping Su is Professor at South China University of Technology's Research Center for Indian Ocean Island Countries. She is an interdisciplinary scholar who researches island studies, urban migrants, the diasporic experience, international relations, and Caribbean literature.